Leave the “Womps” Behind: Learning about Tinnitus

Tinnitus can be a real pain to live with. As one of the more common forms of hearing damage, it is important to be aware of what it is and how it can affect you. Tune is as we discuss more about tinnitus. More and more Americans are suffering from various degrees of hearing loss. There are many reasons for them and most of them are easily managed. If they are not managed, the can lead to many types of consequences like Tinnitus.

 

What is Tinnitus?

This is what is referred to as the heightened awareness of an existing sound in your ear that is not caused by any sort of external factor. If you have ever heard of the expression “ringing in your ear”, this is pretty much that. Only it does not go away and could actually even get worse. The difficult thing about tinnitus is that the sound that people hear can often vary.

Most people believe that tinnitus only comes in the sound of a high pitched ringing. However, the more common description of the sound can include buzzing, clicking, whistling, or low whirring. In some cases, some patients have described it as the sound that you hear when your neighbor is vacuuming their house. It is fairly easy to mistake as something that comes from the outside.

 

Causes

There are several events and occurrences that can lead to the development of Tinnitus. Some of them include:

  • Head or Neck injuries
  • Loud Noises
  • Massive and prolonged bouts of stress
  • Medication

There are many others so it is very important to get yourself checked for a better understanding of what might be causing your tinnitus.

 

Is it Permanent?

Depending on the direct cause of your Tinnitus, there are cases wherein you can expect it to go away within two to three days. However, there are some cases in which Tinnitus persists for months and even years. The American Tinnitus Association claims that over 44 million struggle with Tinnitus. While there is no outright cure for this, it is important to note that Tinnitus itself is a symptom or aftereffect of another possible illness or injury and not the actual illness itself.

What is important is that you bring yourself or anyone who has had persistent ‘ringing’ in their ears to the nearest Eyes, Ears, and Throat specialist.

 

Living with Tinnitus

Here are a few tips for you if you or anyone in your home is suffering from Tinnitus:

  • Avoid excessive stress
  • Get enough rest
  • Avoid stimulants like coffee and nicotine
  • Avoid excessive noise

An interesting point that has been asked is if it is possible to sleep with Tinnitus. What a lot of people may not realize is that Tinnitus is a 24/7 thing when you have it. Those who live with Tinnitus often invest in a sound machine that can drown out the sound in their ears.

As always, check in with your general practitioner or a specialist to get a really comprehensive list of what you can do if you have Tinnitus.

 

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